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07.08.2013 General News

Media challenged to be more circumspect

By Daily Graphic
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The media has been challenged to be more circumspect and uphold a high standard of professionalism as the 2012 election petition proceedings at the Supreme Court are gradually coming to a halt.

Commending the media for ensuring a peaceful atmosphere during the period of the trial, Dr M. Y. Caesar, the Chief Executive Officer of M Y Ventures Clinic, also commended the nine justices of the Supreme Court on how they have handled the case so far.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by its 2012 flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, filed a writ at the Supreme Court challenging the  Electoral Commission's declaration of Mr John Mahama as president-elect in the December 7 and 8 general election.

A nine-member panel of the Supreme Court, chaired by Mr Justice William Atuguba, spent 46 days allowing the various parties in the suit to cross-examine each other.

Dr Caesar said the Supreme Court ruling, irrespective of who is declared the winner, would be victory for the country's democracy and electoral system and not for any particular political party.

He also said the media, particularly the private radio stations that broadcast in the local dialect, should desist from giving their platform to political party functionaries whose commentaries have the tendency to inflame passion.

He urged the media to be circumspect about their reportage as they could help strengthen the country's democracy and ensure that they helped to keep the peace in the country after the Supreme Court's verdict.

The CEO asked political parties, the National Peace Council, chiefs, Christians and Muslims to sensitise Ghanaians, particularly the youth, to accept the verdict that would be delivered by the Supreme Court.

By Felix A. Baidoo/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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